On Wednesday 8 May, the efforts of 12 community-minded residents were recognised in a special ceremony to mark their completion of a ten-week active citizenship programme.
The event, held at Nuneaton Town Hall, was hosted by the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Cllr Bill Hancox, and the Mayoress Sheila Hancox. Councillor Clive Rickhards from Warwickshire County Council was on hand to present the 12 residents with their certificates.
The successful Nuneaton course was piloted by WCC along with partners to empower local people who want to make a difference in their communities. Following speeches from councillors, Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service, and the Police & Crime Commissioner, two members of the course- Janie Taunton and Maria Eardley- also gave their personal perspectives of the course. This included a rap poem written and performed by Maria – to everyone’s delight!
The course was delivered in evening sessions over ten weeks, with students receiving lectures, presentations and practical sessions from Warwickshire County Council and Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council officers and from a wide range of agencies and organisations.
The subjects covered include policing and criminal law; drugs and alcohol awareness; First Aid; the functions of councils and role of councillors; mediation and conflict resolution; equality and diversity; and guest speakers including Philip Seccombe, the Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Students are now eagerly planning to put their new knowledge into action for the benefit of people and communities in their borough.
The Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Cllr Bill Hancox said: “I am very pleased this course has been piloted in the borough and I congratulate the students and everyone involved in planning and delivering the new course.”
The Chair of Warwickshire County Council, Councillor Clive Rickhards, added: “Active, good citizenship is vitally important and makes a real and positive difference to the quality of life in communities. Congratulations to everyone involved – I’m looking forward to everything you will go on to achieve.”